How to Grow Ginger at Home – Step by Step
Ginger is a plant that is becoming more and more fashionable all over the world, although it has been used for many centuries in Asia for its multiple health properties.
For this reason, more and more people want to have their own plant at home, because if you have space, it is much easier to take advantage of the root of the plant and ensure that it is grown as naturally as possible.
Here’s how to grow ginger at home so you can enjoy its benefits easily and safely.
How to get the rhizome or root with shoot to plant
First, get a good piece of ginger root, or leave it for a while in a place with some humidity so that the rhizomes are generated. To do this, you can put the piece of ginger root or several pieces in a glass of water to absorb it for 3 or 4 hours, then remove the pieces and let them release a little water on absorbent paper and store them in a bag plastic closed, if possible with a zipper, and wrap it with a cloth. After a week the first shoots should appear on the piece of ginger.
Thus, the piece of ginger before being planted will have to have some finer roots, such as threads of different thickness, as well as small green bumps or shoots through which the plant begins to take out stem.
How to plant ginger at home
When you have a piece of root or rhizome prepared with a sprout, follow these steps to plant ginger at home:
1 piece of ginger root or rhizome
Pot about 40 cm deep and as wide as possible or a large plot
3 parts of ecological land
1 part compost or earthworm humus
Prepare the garden plot or pot. Make sure it has adequate drainage to avoid waterlogging and prepare the compost or humus and the soil.
Fill the ground or pot with 1 part compost or humus and 3 parts organic soil.
Prepare the root piece and, if you have enough space or several pots, cut it into pieces to have a sprout in each piece. Nothing happens if there are several in a single piece, but if there is space it is better because the plants will grow more easily and with more space.
To plant the ginger you do not have to make a hole and place and cover the piece, but it is much better to bury it superficially. To do this, you just have to place the rhizome horizontally and carefully, and with gentle movements, sink it a little into the mixed soil until it is more or less buried in the middle and leaving the shoots outside.
Finally, water the soil a little without directly touching the rhizomes, but around them, and you can put the pot where you want, bearing in mind that you already have the ginger planted in a pot or in your garden, you will be interested to know that after 3 o 4 months after it starts to grow, you will be able to harvest some small pieces of the roots for your own use. To do this, remove the soil a little from one edge until you find a rhizome and cut the necessary amount. Cover the rhizome well with soil again and it will continue to grow.
– Location and Temperature
To locate the ginger plant at home, you will first have to be clear about whether you are going to have it outdoors or indoors. It will always be better to have it outside, even if it is a small terrace or balcony where there is some shade.
Thus, once you have managed to plant the ginger, do not place it in an area of direct sun, as many hours of direct light and heat are not suitable for it and can greatly damage the plant. It is much better that you locate the ginger in a semi-shaded place.
The optimum temperature for growing ginger at home is between 20ºC and 21ºC, and never below 10ºC, as it cannot withstand intense heat or cold. Likewise, if you have the plant indoors, place it near a window or balcony where a lot of light can reach it, but not direct and strong sun, and avoid placing the plant near air conditioners or heating radiators.
We recommend that you use water mixed with a little earthworm humus at the beginning of planting the rhizomes.
It is best to water lightly and frequently, that is, use a small amount of water at the same time, but water often, making sure that the soil is always moist but not waterlogged. To water correctly you will have to pour the water mixed with humus or not, around each rhizome to avoid wetting them directly.
If you notice that the soil becomes waterlogged or the plant seems to be overwatered or if it becomes sick with a droopy appearance and darkens, then it is best to transplant the plant to a new area or pot with new soil.